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Dear Birchbox: Dealing With Winter Hat Hair

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Dear Birchbox,

Winter weather is brutal on my short hair. I have to wear a hat but inevitably end up with flat hair. Is there a cure for hat hair…or morning hair for that matter? What do you do when bed head is NOT sexy?

Love,

Geraldine

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Dear Geraldine,

Flat, un-sexy hair is a problem everyone has dealt with at one point or another. We’ve been guilty of skipping hats altogether to avoid the dreaded hat hair (we don’t advise this), so we turned to hair stylist Jeff Chastain for his expert opinion. Depending on the type of hat you’re wearing, Jeff advises tying a scarf over your hair first to flatten hair without denting it. Then, you’ll be able to fluff your hair with your fingers once the hat comes off.

If, as we suspect, you’re wearing a tight winter hat, use a dry shampoo or texturizing spray to amp up the volume. We love Blow Faux Dry Shampoo and Oribe Texturizing Spray. These both work wonders on bed head too!

xox,

Birchbox

Dear Birchbox: In Need of a New Makeup Bag

Dear Birchbox,

In the spirit of the new year, I tossed my grungy cosmetics bag. Now I need a new one (the ziplock bag I’m currently using is a little too bag lady chic). I need something for travel and something for everyday, and I’d love to for it to be easy to clean. What are your favorites?

Love,

Heather B.


Hi Heather!

For affordability and generally cheeriness, you can’t beat Sonia Kashuk for Target. Every season she rolls out a new collection of fun prints, from cheetah to island-inspired blossoms. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but I like the valet style (pictured above) because the detachable interior clear case is perfect for bringing on flights.

Trust Paris-based fashion line Paul & Joe to make bags that are both stylish and practical. We love this two-piece set because you can keep your main makeup in the large compartment and carry the smaller bag with you during the day. The sweet print has a vintage chic feel — we could see French siren Marion Cotillard tucking her lipstick in it.

Henri Bendel carries a selection of whimsical bags that are compact and relatively affordable. The plastic-coated nylon is easy to clean, and the semi-stiff material keeps makeup protected from the various pokey, sharp things in your purse.

And, for something a little different, we spied this simple zippered pouch at Bird, the ever-hip boutique and online shop. It’s made from vintage Japanese ikat fabric and is just big enough for your compact, Stila Lip Glaze, NARS Multiple, and Benefit BADgal. You know, the essentials.

Got a question? We’ve got answered. Send your makeup/beauty/cookie queries to info@birchbox.com.

xox,

Birchbox

Dear Birchbox: Dealing with Splotchy Skin

Dear Birchbox,

I’m getting over a cold and have to look picture-ready this weekend. Any tips for hiding red and splotchy?

Love,

Ashley

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Dear Ashley,

Colds are such a nuisance. Not only are you sneezy and snuffly, but your skin gets majorly irritated and flaky. We have just the thing for you. We’ve been testing  Dermalogica’s latest line of results-oriented skincare products, UltraCalming. The five product collection is geared toward calming irritated, inflamed sensitive skin. As always, the products are no-nonsense (no fancy packaging or scents) and effective. The UltraCalming cleanser is a thick, non-sudsing gel that doesn’t leave a tight, dry feeling and the UltraCalming serum feels light but is a good way to keep skin extra hydrated. You can try the whole line with their special Treatment Kit, with minis (and you know how we feel about minis) of each of the products - at $40, it’s a great deal. Once your skin is under control, try Stila’s new One-Step Correct to counteract redness before you apply the rest of your makeup. And when all else fails, highlight highlight highlight. Peachy shimmer cures all.

xox

Birchbox

Dear Birchbox: Brow Tinting

New York’s Warren Tricomi salon

Dear Birchbox,

Here’s a question for you: I’m thinking of getting my eyebrows tinted. Crazy idea? Where should I do it?

xo

Wide-Eyed in Manhattan

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Dear Wide-Eyed in Manhattan,

Eyebrow tinting is a fairly tricky thing and can be dangerous if not done properly. First things first, it should never - never - be done at home. If you’re going to dabble in lightening or darkening brows, always go to a salon where the specialize in the service. Julie Tussey, at New York’s Warren Tricomi salon, is one of the city’s top brow gurus. She is a huge fan of brow tinting as long as it’s done properly. “The tints are safe,” she says. “It’s a product that is created specifically for usage on brows and it doesn’t get anywhere near the eyes.” It’s also not just glopped onto the brow. Tussey paints on the color systematically, using different amounts depending on what kind of effect she wants. “I can tweak the color to really match the hair and then I apply the tints to different parts of the brow so I can get a nice shape.” In between appointments, Tussey recommends using a colored eyebrow gel to maintain the color, like Laura Mercier’s brow definer, which comes in a pot, or Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel, which comes in five shades. Good luck and tint happy!

Love,

Birchbox